Nuno Espirito Santo says it is ‘down to him’ to bring back the misfiring Dele Alli at his best at Tottenham.
The midfielder has been in poor form for months but his new manager has pledged to support the Englishman to bring him back to his former form.
Alli’s slump has largely affected his playing time since last year and he was tipped to leave in January.
He fell in favor of Jose Mourinho, but came back when Nuno replaced Special One.
But the 25-year-old has not featured in the Premier League since a half-time loss to Spurs at Arsenal on 26 September – where he was almost non-existent as the Gunners ran a riot.
And with a huge game on Sunday against bitter rivals West Ham, some fans will be surprised to see the Englishman on the bench again but Nuno hasn’t lost hope.
The former Wolves boss said: “To all the players in our squad, we have to realize that there are ups and downs during their careers.
“It’s my job to try to make the best of them, including Dele.
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“I don’t look personally when I judge them, I’m very fair.
“Dele started very well in the competition and is no longer at his best, so it’s up to us to bring him back to the best of times.
“He’s working hard, he’s committed, so we have to support him and find the right solutions to give him confidence so we can bring him back in the best way possible.”
Nuno canceled a 4-3-3 formation after a 3-1 loss at Arsenal and his switch to 4-2-3-1 saw Allie lose his place.
He has featured in the Europa Conference League, although his latest performance hardly called for a comeback as Spurs lost 1-0 at Vitesse Arnhem on Thursday.
Dele started at his old number 10 spot and Nuno said: “We started the season with three midfielders, with Skippy [Oliver Skipp]MILF Pierre [Emile Hojbjerg] and Dele.
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“I think he did well, he did well. Now he played in a different position today. I think he is versatile enough to do both positions.”
Spurs are fifth in Sunday’s clash at the London Stadium.
They are just one point above the Hammers who have a better target difference.
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